Why We Shouldn’t Jump To Conclusions

Posted: March 6, 2010 in Current Events, Miscellaneous
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Like Samir of Office Space said, “Yes, this is horrible, this idea.”  Whether it is a mat, or just jumping to conclusions in general, it is a horrible idea.  And yet we as society will do it again and again.  Granted, often we are misled by the media.  It happened with Richard Jewell, who will always be associated with the Atlanta Olympic bombing, even though it was actually a man by the name of Eric Rudolph who was responsible (who incidentally also was responsible for bombing an abortion clinic right here in Birmingham).  The reporting of Jewell as the bomber happened so repeatedly, it just became true, regardless of what the truth actually was.  Now it appears to have happened again, this time to the organization ACORN.

I am sure you all have seen snippets of the video where ACORN employees appear to be advising a couple on how to break the law.  You know, the one with this skinny white kid in a ridiculous looking pimp outfit.  Yeah, that one.  Really, that ridiculous outfit should have been a hint for us all that something wasn’t on the up-and-up with these videos.  I remember thinking how could those employees be so stupid?  Well as it turns out, they were not that stupid, because he was not wearing that outfit in their offices.  The videos were just edited to look that way.

Another clue that something was not on the up-and-up with these videos is the fact that the makers refuse to release unedited versions.  Why?  Well it may have something to do with this:

ACORN Set Up By Vidiots: DA

The video that unleashed a firestorm of criticism on the activist group ACORN was a “heavily edited” splice job that only made it appear as though the organization’s workers were advising a pimp and prostitute on how to get a mortgage, sources said yesterday.

The findings by the Brooklyn DA, following a 5½-month probe into the video, secretly recorded by conservative provocateurs James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, means that no charges will be filed.

Many of the seemingly crime-encouraging answers were taken out of context so as to appear more sinister, sources said.

It appears that the videos may have been a complete hoax.  Not only was the video spliced together, but the audio was dubbed in as well.  So literally it may well be that nothing wrong was done, which would mean that even ACORN jumped to conclusions by firing employees that appeared on those tapes.  The media certainly fell for this hook, line, and sinker.  But we as a public did too (I will admit that I did).

I am not sure why we in this country want instant gratification for, well, pretty much everything.  But it leads to some pretty poor decision-making.  ACORN deserved more of a benefit of a doubt.  Instead, we stripped them of federal funding and pretty much ruined an organization that did a lot of good for low-income families, probably because we were all duped by two right-wingnut kids (but they did have the full backing of Fox News and the rest of the right-wing media), and that pretty much happened the instant these videos were released.  No need to let the facts come out, let’s take action NOW!  Next time we all get ready to pick up the pitchforks, we need to remember this.  In fact, we need to remember this in our lives in general.  There’s no advantage to jumping to conclusions, whether it is regarding politicians or alleged criminals, or whether it is  regarding your neighbor, your coworker, or a family member.  There’s no awards for being the first one to judge.  And we all know what happens when you assume.  It makes an a….well you know. 😉

I will leave you with a link to this awesome The Colbert Report segment about this subject.  It’s hilarious!

Tip/Wag – James O’Keefe & Sean Hannity

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